August 10, 2021 at 3:34 pm

New major in broadcast meteorology pairs science courses with studio forecasting experience and journalism courses

OHIO graduate student Kyle Clem explains data colleced at the West State Street Weather Station | Photo by Ben Siegel

From Ohio University News

The new B.S. in Broadcast Meteorology major at Ohio University pairs the coursework and training of a traditional meteorology degree with the most robust and broad journalism curriculum in the nation for students looking to become on-camera meteorologists and science journalists.

Students will take all of the physical science and mathematics courses required for the American Meteorological Society-approved Certified Broadcast Meteorology Program, while also completing an extensive series of journalism, broadcast and communications courses.

“Hands-on experience is central to this new major,” said Dr. Jana Houser, associate professor of Geography in the College of Arts & Sciences at OHIO.

Students will be honing their forecasting skills in the Scalia Laboratory for Atmospheric Analysis, a student-run weather service that provides several forecasts per day tailored to southeastern Ohio. And they will be gaining broadcast experience through daily productions with the award winning WOUB-TV. in the Scripps College of Communication.

“OHIO already has a track record of placing students in internships at news stations, and there is a strong history of graduates entering broadcast meteorologist positions immediately after graduation,” she said.

“You’ll also find OHIO graduates working with the National Weather Service, agriculture and energy industries, insurance agencies, and many other and federal and non-federal agencies,” Houser said, adding, “Currently, there is a national need for broadcast meteorologists and for science reporters, who are often also trained as meteorologists.”

“The new major is yet another example of successful collaboration among the colleges at Ohio University,” said Dr. Florenz Plassmann, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. “Combining a sound foundation in the sciences with strong communication skills is a great preparation for field work in front of as well as behind a camera.”

Students in the program will take courses in radar meteorology, large-scale and small-scale weather systems, climatology, atmospheric dynamics, radio and television producing, multimedia editing, and much more. They will also get a foundation in geography courses, and the program is offered in the Geography Department in the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University.

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